Last Wednesday, I received a very nice email from Amelia's first 3rd grade teacher inviting her to the class party on the last day of school. She said that she had been preparing her end of the year gift bag and wanted to make sure that she got it. She also said Amelia could come without a parent. Really? Now, just a few days earlier, I was specifically told that she could not come unless she was accompanied by a parent. Why the switch? I have absolutely no idea.
Dan and I debated whether or not it was the right thing to send her but when it came down to it, she wanted to go and since we had made the decision to put her in a different school next year...we thought she should go to say goodbye to some of her classmates.
I think it ended up being a positive experience for her. They watched a movie, went to the awards ceremony and had their class party. She said she had a good time. Her gift bag had an autograph page where each of her classmates signed their name, several pictures of her from different activities throughout the year, and a nice note from Mrs. J.
The night before, Amelia wrote a note to several teachers and one front office person. It was really sweet. I helped her with spelling but I let her write what she wanted to write. I told her to write what was in her heart...and I must say, she has a BIG heart. She does not hold a grudge, she does not focus on the negative experiences.. She absolutely adores all of the teachers that she has come in contact with this year. Even those two little girls that have been so mean to her all year long....she calls them "her friends". My daughter is a better person than me...in many ways.
She could teach me a few things about forgiveness, about letting things go, about love. She's impulsive, she can't sit still, she's demanding and defiant, she doesn't always tell the truth...but she is who she is. She forgives and forgets and she loves. She takes things at face value, she doesn't try to read hidden meaning in things. And while I wish her behavior was better, I love who she is, on the inside. I can tell you one thing, she WILL be successful in life. No doubt in my mind.